My grandmother made floral jelly when I was a kid. This was the first of the year as it bloomed before anything! It will have a orange/citrus taste, yes you can leave the orange out. A true Appalachian you'll be after making this.
1Pick and rinse red bud blossoms, place in large bowl, put inverted saucer on top of blooms to hold down, and pour 8 cups of boiling water over blooms, let steep for 2-3 hours. Set in refrigerator for 24hr
2Strain blooms out and discard. Filter liquid through coffee filter or a couple of folds of paper towels, add more water if needed to equal 8 total cups of liquid. Bring liquid, pectin, lemon juice and orange zest to a boil. Add sugar and return to a rolling boil for 1 min.
3Pour into prepared jars and place lids on imminently. As they seal you will hear each "pop".
4Take a bow and brag,all your friends will want to be you. I bet you will be the only one on your block making red bud jelly,neveryone will want to try it!!!!! God Bless